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Setting Up an SMTP server on a Windows Server 2003 Box.

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I have a situation where I'm hosting a website from a data center.
It's a windows environment and it has a Coldfusion MX application server on it.
My Coldfusion site is using an SMTP address that is within our network (not at the data center).
We recently have had alot of problems with our SMTP server within our company and that is affecting my web app because I am no longer able to send out emails.

I am a Coldfusion programmer with limited Windows Networking abilities so please bear with me.

I would like to know if I can use the built in smtp server on Windows 2003 to send out emails from my coldfusion web app? I will need to send out bulk emails. About 4000 or so but I don't want it to adversly impact my weberver.  

Here is my setup. I have 3 Dell rack servers at the data center.

1 Staging server with SQL 2000 and IIS running a coldfusion web app. This is our test environment.
1 Production Database server. Windows SQL Server 2000
1 Production Webserver. IIS and Coldfusion MX 8 Enterprise

The current SMTP connection to an address within our company's corporate network.

I would like to be able to send and recieve emails for my clients using the coldfusion web app.

What would I need to do that? I don't have MS Exchange experience and would like to avoid having to pay for any new software if at all possible. I'm not sure if I have everything I need within Windows Server 2003 or if I need to investigate an open source application.

It's imperative that this be able to handle sending bulk emails while not bogging down the webserver.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

-Eddie


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